Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Study or go surfing?

Today we debate the well-written article published by the online mag “The Inertia”: “Why No Surfer On Tour Has A College Degree”.
The fact being discussed there is that unlike in other sports, surfing seems to have a very low number of professionals with higher education. As a matter of fact, the top circuit has none.
The article highlights some interesting facts such as:
  • NBA force athletes to have some sort of higher education even if it’s only 1 year of high school (surfing does not impose minimum education requirements);
  • NFL has 50% of its athletes with higher education, whereas baseball only 4%, (no minimum education requirements too);
  • Surfing was seen more like a lifestyle than a sport with a negative image and stereotypes: “the stoner, the hippie, etc”. Yet this is changing with the “proliferation of the surf college teams;
  • Pro-surfer Ace Buchan says: “I think the professional surf system has some questions to answer because the majority of kids who drop out of school to chase that dream end up 5 years down the track disillusioned, unfulfilled, uneducated, unsponsored and working out in the mines or waiting tables.”;

So, saying that higher competition levels in the world of surfing can undermine the trend towards higher education of its professionals cannot be an excuse. Look at other sports for instance, football and basketball that have higher levels of competition too, yet they still have tight rules in what concerns the education of their athletes.

Study or Go Surfinn? @ Santa Cruz Surf Camp


Having a bunch of professional surfers with diplomas is not the idea! Don’t take us wrong, the idea is that those who will never make to top professionals would still have something to hold on to!  The thing is that for each one of us that wishes to become a professional surfer, maybe 0.01% can make it to be a sponsored surfer and from those that get there, maybe another 0.01% can make it to the rankings.  As a matter of fact guys like CJ Hobgood or Raoni Monteiro did not have sponsors!

So could online education be one possible solution? Well, maybe yes, but also comes with surf federations to promote and eventually impose some “education minimums”. This could never be implemented in the short run, (or else who would compete in the world surf league?) but by promoting and then by considering minimum requirements in a decade or so, could mean a lot to the world of surfing. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

VIDEO: KALOEA Surfer Girls - Absolute Maldives

 














The Australian company behind the Brazilian bikini brand Kaloea, has just released a sexy & cool video, in our favourite Maldivian spot, the Hudhuranfushi Island.


Mostly filmed with a fast and furious Drone flying over the left-hander of Lohi's.
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Ever thought about booking a surf trip to Paradise...I mean...the Maldives? :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Big news: Surf is an Olympic sport!



It’s official, surf will be part of the next Olympics in Japan. Oh and by the way! Snowboarding, for example, was introduced back in 1998 and do you know what? Yep, snowboard changed the Winter Games for ever, including its similar-like sport: Skiing. It changed the way skiing manoeuvres are judged and even equipment is created.

For most professional surfers and surf federations, it was more than expectable that one day surf would be an Olympic sport as well.

 

So now what?

Surf and 4 other sports (baseball/softball, karate, skateboard and sports climbing) will be part of the Olympic Games in 2020. According to surfer mag and other media: 
  • “The event will take place in the ocean, not a wave pool. Venue will be at Chiba, a 45-minute or so train ride from Tokyo;
  • 40 competitors in total: 20 men, 20 women;
  • High-performance shortboarding only; no longboard, bodyboard, or SUP division;
  • Countries from all over the world will be represented, including many surfers not on the WCT”
There’s still plenty of time to learn more contest details and how it’s going to be judged. Will it be similar to the professional circuit and series? How will the athletes qualify and who will compete? How long will be the heats for? etc. 

All this will be defined with the course of time, but what’s relevant for now is the fact that this sport and lifestyle will be part of the major sport’s event in the world, boosting surfing as a sport but also as a culture. This event will definitely contribute to raise interest in surfing, from surf brands, public and athletes.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What type of surf experience do you want to take home?

This is one of those questions where answers come with new questions. Let’s face it, surf is in fashion and a cool sport; this is what drives most of us to learn how to surf.
Surf is actually pretty much in fashion for a few decades now, depending on where you are in time and space. For Americans, surf’s up for more than 100 years now, whereas Europeans claimed the first waves over 60 / 70 years ago.
But modern days surfing is way different than those early days, when boards were thick as a tree. Today many of us already refer to “it” as an Industry or a lifestyle.

Surf lessons help

Many beginners will take their first surf lessons with friends at home. If you’re not that blessed to have waves and reasonable weather outdoor, then most probably you’ll end up traveling abroad and stay on surf camp, hostel or surf house for a week with all included. This will be your first surf experience, and for many the last experience with regards to surfing like every other fashion! So for these folks, surf is over and what make us very sad is that they never got the best of it. 









But for everyone else, it’s all very simple, from the moment you take your first lesson and start attempting your first time ever standing on a surf board. If you’re travelling, then a few more things matter like the selection of the place, the group of friends and few other moments together. But the first (magical) moment when you stand up on that enormous board and, for a few seconds my friends, you’re on top of the world. Well, some 5% never really do, most times due to fear of the sea or pure laziness. But for those who take off, the moment is a life changer! It sounds like a poor commercial right? Well true.
   
But believe me, more than bringing home a picture of yourself with a huge smile on a huge soft board, you can bring home a virus and then, what was once a cool sport in fashion is now an addiction.

But ok, once the surf gets slowly inside of you it then becomes the so called lifestyle. Once you digest the first love feelings, you’ll treat surfing like something for granted and yet with passion in your eyes every time you talk about it. Dude I’m telling you: you’ll take care of your surf gear like your wedding suit. Well, actually maybe better, coz you’ll end up wearing the wedding suit less often!
Surf then becomes also the main reason for most of your future travelling. Selecting places and yes… friends! We’re not going to say that wives or husbands can be selected due to their passion or at least tolerance to surfing. Hmmmm…

So which type of surf experience would you rather have: the one after the fashion? The one that takes home the picture and then next year tries something else and never gets the best of it? Or the one that takes home the virus?


We know one thing, like those that climb a mountain once and get addicted to the adrenaline of reaching higher and higher peaks; those that go diving and want to try all oceans, being on the passion side and doing what you really like will always be the “thing”.